The Shasthamangalam Mahadeva Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated near Paipinmood Junction in the Shasthamangalam ward of Trivandrum Municipal Corporation, Kerala State, India. It is located on top of a hill, thus preserving the spiritual tranquillity of the shrine. The temple is more than seven hundred years old according to the available records, and was regularly visited by the Kings of Travancore. It is administered by the Travancore Devaswom Board.
About The Temple
The temple is ideally located on a hillock. On the eastern side, a small river flows known as 'Killi'. Even though the temple is in the city area limits, calm and serene atmosphere prevails at this place.
In this temple the main deity is Lord Shiva. Outside the temple compound on the banks of Killi River, idols of Badrakali and Veerabhadran, Nagaraj and Nagayakshi are consecrated. Like the Chowallur Mahadeva Temple here too the seven divine mothers are worshipped in the form of idols made of Krishna sila. There is no idol or shrine for Parvathi Devi in this temple.
Legend and Stories
The origin of this temple resembles the story of some other famous temples. A woman who was cutting grass to feed her cows was sharpening her knife against a large piece of stone. She got frightened by seeing blood oozing out from the part of the rock where she applied the knife. This news was flashed and the local people gathered on the spot. On further examination it was convinced that the stone as a 'Shiva Lingam' and that was consecrated at that place and the temple was constructed.
The annual festival of this temple begins on Dhanu -Thiruvathira Star day, continues for ten days and finishes by Aarattu ceremony on the tenth day. 'Shivaratri' is also celebrated in a grand manner in this temple.
Offerings are made by devotees in the form of anointing (abishekam) the deity with water, rosewater, milk, tender coconut water, ghee and so on.
The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport.
The nearest railhead is Trivandrum Central Railway Station.
Buses are available to reach Shasthamangalam from Trivandrum.
Shasthamangalam Sri Mahadeva Temple,
Soorya Gardens, Pipinmoodu,
Kerala, India, Pin code - 695010.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
Morning 6 AM to Evening 9 PM.